McDermot, Frank

Thursday, 13 August 1936

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 63 No. 20

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - All-in Wrestling.

asked the Minister for Justice whether he will take such legislative or administrative steps as may be necessary to prohibit the public exhibition of all-in wrestling.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Arigna Mineral Development.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether (a) the prospecting for minerals under Government auspices in the Arigna district has yet been completed; (b) the final report of the French engin...More Button

Will the report be published?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Saorstát Emigration.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether he will set up machinery whereby the volume of emigration from the Saorstát to Great Britain and other Commonwealth nations can be ascertained.More Button

Is not a knowledge of the volume of our emigration to Great Britain a matter of vital importance to this country in view of the possible implications of Government policy?More Button

Order of Business.

What was the Vice-President's last remark?More Button

Is the Vice-President ruling out the possibility of continuing to-morrow?More Button

He is ruling that out?More Button

Well, I object to that.More Button

Is not this the first opportunity that anybody had of giving such an indication?More Button

Well, it is the first opportunity that I have had.More Button

No.More Button

The Vice-President implied that everybody had had an opportunity of giving an indication. Of course, if those who are not members of the big Parties are ruled out from giving an indication, there is n...More Button

Land Bill, 1936—Fifth Stage.

I cannot hope to discuss this Bill with anything like the emphasis or positiveness of Deputy Dillon. I approach this Land Bill as I approached the Land Bill of 1933 and as I should approach any other...More Button

Certainly, I am not denying that. Since 1923, since the late Deputy Hogan's Land Bill of 1923, we are committed in the most definite way to large-scale compulsory purchase of land. The position of D...More Button

I believe in as much fixity of tenure as is compatible with our general land purchase policy and as is compatible with the public interest. Let us see in reality how much fixity of tenure is threaten...More Button

How many cases have they had of working farmers turned out of their holdings?More Button

There has been none cited in the course of these debates. There has been certainly unsettlement of mind created by inspections. That I admit. There has been unsettlement of mind created by the fact ...More Button

If they have been, I have failed to find them in the columns of the Dáil reports. My belief is that the trouble with regard to fixity of tenure is 90 per cent. mental. The speeches of members of the ...More Button

Is it a fact that there is enough land available in the open market and that such land can be got at prices that would make its financing possible?More Button

Yes, that is another story, but a very important story, and if the thing is feasible it ought to be proved in this House that it is feasible. Remarks of the kind I have mentioned have been thrown out...More Button

I appreciate that, Sir, but in considering the grounds on which this Bill has been debated, it is essential to arrive at some understanding of the principle. We want to get somewhere in this Bill. I...More Button

At bottom we all do want the same thing, and in spite of the surge and thunder of the by-elections and the speeches made in the by-elections, I cannot believe that in the long run the Opposition thems...More Button

Not the theoretical powers; but what about its physical powers?More Button

What I suggest to the Deputy is that when the enormous wholesale vesting took place there was not time or opportunity to do so.More Button

On a very small scale.More Button

Compulsorily?More Button

From residential holdings?More Button

Would the Deputy say how many years is it since those half-dozen cases, to which he has referred, occurred?More Button

The Minister would not consider extending in some future legislation the size of the £2,000 holding to make it equivalent to the holding taken from him?More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Adjournment Motion.

It may proceed until midnight-that is definite?More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

They interfered under the 1923 Act.More Button

He is putting you on it.More Button

Because of the British tariffs.More Button

Very remarkable developments have been taking place in our political life during the last month or two. Like Deputy Professor O'Sullivan, I want to take the opportunity of asking a few questions and ...More Button

I am talking about the financial question; not the political question at all. If, as regards the financial question, the present Government agree to some compromise, agree to pay a portion of what th...More Button

That is irrelevant. I am talking of the possibility of a settlement being arrived at, the possibility of the present Government offering the British something less than what they are at present paying...More Button

Furthermore, there is no blinking the fact that the interest of the British in conciliating the clean-cut separatists here of the Fianna Fáil Party is obviously greater than conciliating those who are...More Button

That is open to dispute.More Button

Reading the recent speeches on the Opposition side about the way the question of the financial dispute with Great Britain ought to be tackled, it occurs to me as very doubtful whether a good way to ge...More Button

Deputy Professor O'Sullivan referred appreciatively to the recent speeches of the President on the subject of the I.R.A. and law and order. I share his satisfaction at these speeches and an even grea...More Button

And if anyone is to attack the Government for using such machinery for the trial of political murders it must not be those who have done less than any other Party to create a horror of political murde...More Button

I have said already that the Labour Party had done less than any other Party in that respect.More Button

That is my deliberate opinion. Leaving out ex-Senator O'Farrell, who is about as popular with the Labour Party as I am with the Fine Gael Party—leaving him out I have never seen myself any satisfacto...More Button

The Labour Party had plenty of time to do it since I have been here, and it has not been done.More Button

I shall congratulate you when it is done.More Button

They have begun to do it.More Button

I never accused the Labour Party of that. I have accused it of negligence and cowardice, and that is all.More Button

I submit to the Chair that it is out of order to say that.More Button

If I did I was not conscious of doing so, and I withdraw it.More Button

I now turn to the question which I regard as the paramount question of all others, the question of the unity of Ireland. It is a subject that has become lately the height of fashion. In theory, we a...More Button

Well, there is a more important authority still.More Button

Clearly, therefore, they can only look for unity on the basis of goodwill, and how do they go about obtaining this goodwill. First, by consistently proclaiming the ideal of a thirty-two county republ...More Button

Has any compromise been offered?More Button

I see that.More Button

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